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How Navy family life led to a thriving VR real estate startup

San Diego-based real estate agent Lauren Taylor, a Realtor with Big Block Realty and a proud Navy wife, serves a special homebuyer niche — military families relocating to Southern California who must find a home at a moment’s notice. The challenge of helping her clients view a large number of homes in a short amount of time […]

Fed hikes rates in sign of economic confidence

Sticking to a script that economists and real estate analysts had long anticipated, outgoing Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet Yellen on Thursday announced a modest benchmark interest rate hike of between 1.25 percent and 1.50 percent, a move widely perceived as a reflection of confidence in the U.S. economy.  The 25 basis point hike, announced at […]

Mortgages unchanged immediately after Fed hikes rates: Why?

As expected, the Fed raised the overnight cost of money by 0.25 percent to a band of 1.25 percent-1.50 percent. Movement of the Fed rate — up or down — can put pressure on mortgage interest rates, which often follow the lead of the 10-year Treasury note aka the “long bond.” The immediate response in […]

4 signs that inventory will improve in 2018

Since 2012, when inventories of active listings started to decline on a national level, supplies of homes for sale have fallen 24 percent. Year-over-year inventories have fallen for 29 consecutive months. Shortages have inflated prices by 48 percent since 2011, limited choices for buyers and made homeownership too expensive for thousands of first-time and middle […]

Will a bitcoin buyer bite on this designer beachfront home?

They say a home will sell if the price is right. What if that price is (a volatile) 250 bitcoin? Realtors listing a luxury oceanfront home on the market for nine months in Clearwater Beach, Florida, are putting that question to the test. Buyers interested in the Belleair Shores property can now pay with the […]

3 ways to help self-empowered real estate clients

The rise of online real estate brokerages has given homebuyers and sellers instantaneous access to more data and resources than ever before. With the growing availability of real estate advice — reality television shows about buying homes, renovation and décor blogs, Pinterest pages and interest in DIY — real estate has transformed into entertainment and […]

5 lessons real estate agents can learn from big brands in 2017

Reposted with permission from Valerie Garcia.  Every year some media outlet inevitably rounds up the worst faux pas of the social media world and writes some witty blog post about the downfall of a big brand. This is not that post. Instead, I’d like to share a few examples of times that brands got it right […]

11 things real estate agents need in their car for the snowy season

It’s cold, it’s dark, you’ve been counting down the days to the dark month of winter solstice. Good news! Your clients just called and scheduled a showing of a hot new listing tonight, after work. Time to head out the door; you want to be early to make time to turn on all the lights, […]

Stratford Towers: A $4.5M slice of history in Asheville, NC

The current owners of Stratford Towers, Gary and Brendan Ross, spent the past 15 years restoring the Asheville estate and updating it with modern luxury features, winning awards for their work. The unique property, currently listed by Sotheby’s International Realty agent Tracy Veteto, is up for grabs on the market for $4.5 million, and seems to […]

Net neutrality overturned

Update: The real estate industry reacts to the FCC’s decision As anticipated, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), the agency in charge of the country’s telecom regulations, voted today to end its policy of “net neutrality,” a crushing blow to internet activists. The decision is likely to have serious ramifications for all American internet users and […]

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